[Ads-l] "The dog that caught the car"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 20 23:35:08 EST 2017

The sight of a dog chasing a car was once a common, several-times-a-day
occurrence, almost as common as the sight of a passing streetcar.

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at udel.edu> wrote:

> Given that the dog is actually going to catch the car at noon tomorrow, I
> thought it was a good time to look into the history of this currently very
> popular catchphrase. Executive summary: it appears as early as 1964, and by
> 2003 was described as an “oft-used metaphor.” The vehicles that have been
> substituted for car include bus and firetruck.
> http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2017/01/18/
> on-dogs-catching-vehicles/
> Ben
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